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Sunday, January 14, 2007

What Was and What Is

This is a photo of the 1500 block of 9th Street in 1979:















Most of the beautiful buildings along this side of the block are vacant today despite nearby revitalization; all but one (the corner building, which appears to be mid construction) of the vacant buildings are owned by Shiloh Baptist Church and by the National Parks Service.

This is a photo taken earlier this week of the same buildings (with highlights of the Fire Chief's recent postings that the structures are dangerous to enter):

















1979 PHOTO CREDIT: Library of Congress, featured at Shaw Main Streets here.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just want to say thank you to Shiloh and the US Park Service for bringing down the neighborhood. Such utter disregard for your neighbors is hard. And you guys do it so well. So Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Any word on how the Old Dominion restaurant opening went? Wish I had been there..... :)

Mari said...

That is so sad. I just assumed that it was the riots. But no, it was the church.

Omar said...

I went to Old Dom yesterday to get some dinner and watch the Chargers game. There was a decent amount of people 2 or 3 large groups and some others at the bar area. They have a huge selection of beers on tap, you can get a 133oz cylinder, with tap for like 30 bucks. They have huge LG HD TV's everywhere (but no HD Signal). Looked like they might have been understaffed, our service was kinda bad, enough they they were nice. But we got free desserts at the end of it. The food was pretty good, Steak and Cheese the way it is supposed to be, and 1/5 lb steamed shrimp for 3 bucks. I wish they reorganized the bar area (def is space) and put a pool table right in the middle, with stools and a bar shelf all around.

Shaw Rez said...

Omar - Thanks for the update on OD! I have heard good things about OD's food (in particular, the Greek Salad). I plan to grab a meal there tomorrow night (I'm stalling; it seems a restaurant is never on their best game the first few days/weeks). I, too, wish they had pool tables.

Mari - I also figured the buildings were direct victims of the riots or something.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on OD...I am looking forward to "getting my grub on" there :) i also wish there were pool tables, but the TVs sound great for game watching

Anonymous said...

I traced all of the businesses on both sides of the 1500 block since 1914. There were lots of very diverse activities I could go on about waay before Dr Woodson came on the scene. Shiloh drove out the many tenants and stores when they smelled money from the Park Service. Ray

Rob said...

I just created a map of the Shiloh properties

Shaw Rez said...

AWESOME, rob--thanks for sharing and for putting this together!